Lewisville, TX, July 11, 2000:
New Product Eases Transition to eCommerce
This summer Serenity Systems will deliver a platform enabling business
desktop computers to easily manage the transition to ecommerce and
ebusiness. The new eComStation(tm) products are based on IBM's
award winning Intel based technologies and will be sold in Europe, the
Americas, and Australia, through a network of distributors, VARs, and
fee service consultants.
eComStation incorporates innovative features which enable the
workstation to function as a Mobile Managed Client(tm),
combining the design benefits of PCs with benefits previously
associated with Network Computers or thin clients. Used with Serenity
Systems' acclaimed WiseManager, the entire computing environment
can be managed by a fee service provider from any location over Wide
Area Networks or even over the Internet.
Though support for such services is available to small businesses,
IBM's Rapid Deployment Team, a services organization headquartered in
Austin, TX, has recently been certified on the products. This would
indicate an interest in these products among the international
enterprise accounts served by the IBM organization.
In its first release, due to ship in August, eComStation will
run many Windows, DOS, Java, and OS/2 applications and can be a
replacement for existing PC operating systems. Later this year Serenity
Systems expects to announce support for Linux and expanded support for
Windows. eComStation can run thin clients but also scales up to
powerful workstations using IBM's Symmetric Multi-Processor (SMP)
support for up to 64 processors, and IBM's Journaling File System
(JFS). Pricing for the products ranges from $129 to $499 US.
According to Kim Cheung, Executive Director of Serenity Systems,
"eComStation with the Mobile Managed Client features
means that, for the first time, an organization can extend the
powerful, cost reducing features associated with network managed
computers ... to the laptops used by road warriors. Managed Client
features are always part of the computer operation but when the network
connection is available, even an Internet connection will do nicely, a
higher level of Managed Client features can be invoked."
Despite the attractive cost benefits of network computing, Cheung feels
the need for a constant network connection has been an unattractive
leash, making the implementation feasible only for the small subset of
business computer users. "eComStation takes Managed Client users
off the leash", Cheung said, "allowing them to exceed the freedom
associated with traditional PCs."
eComStation is designed with a focus on the Internet driven
needs of ebusiness and ecommerce. Licensing agreements between IBM and
Serenity Systems provide eComStation with a great deal of
network integration and connectivity support, including the back-end
support to highly scalable, multi-tier servers and databases. IBM is
also supplying remote control software designed to allow authorized
users to take over a remote PC. "That is a feature which will go a long
way in enabling users to get operational support from anywhere in the
organization or anywhere in the world." said Cheung.
The key value of eComStation is seen as the ability to deploy
software, even the entire desktop, to users, departments, or throughout
an entire organization during the transistion to server deployed
ebusiness applications. According to Bob St.John, Director of Business
Development, "Whatever the organization is using today will be
considered the legacy system in three to five years. In that time, how
many organizations are going to be able to afford to throw out
everything that they are using today? Only eComStation sets an
organization up to continue running these legacy environments and
applications while transitioning to a new computing environment 'below
Cheung agreed, going on to say, "This is really a platform designed to
support transition, something required by every organization because
the entire computing industry is tranistioning at a rapid pace. To keep
up with that pace while controlling costs, something like
eComStation is a dead certain requirement."
"The support for OS/2 applications is particularly valuable", said
Joachim Benjamins of Mensys in Holland. "There are millions of OS/2
users around the world who want more control over the ability to run
their excellent OS/2 applications. And eComStation provides the
best opportunity for them to have that control. eComStation
features allow users to add support for applications and even operating
systems, integrating them instead of forcing users to replace them."
Mark Rogers of Orion Solutions in Australia sees things in much the
same way, "eComStation goes one better than support for a
migration. It supports an organization through a transition. To me, the
difference is the ability to seamlessly support multiple environments
at the same time, without the user even noticing. That's the path
eComStation is travelling.
For more information about eComStation, in the US call 888
299-6483, press 1, outside the US call 214 222-3414, press 1,
http://www.Serenity-Systems.com, http://www.eComStation.com, http://ecomstation.mensys.nl.
eComStation will be sold: